Cisco, Apple Still Wrestling Over iPhone Trademark

The Cisco versus Apple trademark dispute still hasn't been resolved: Cisco is granting Apple's request for more time to reply to the lawsuit filed by the networking giant. "Cisco has agreed to give Apple an extension until Wednesday, Feb. 21. Cisco is fully committed to using the extra time to reach a mutually beneficial resolution," the company stated in a media release. Cisco spokesman John Noh said the company wasn't seeking money, but wants to negotiate an interoperability agreement with Apple.

On January 10, Cisco announced it had filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent Apple from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using Cisco's registered iPhone trademark. Cisco said it obtained the iPhone trademark in 2000 after completing the acquisition of Infogear which previously owned the mark and sold iPhone products for several years. The original Infogear filing for the iPhone trademark dates to March 20, 1996. Linksys, a division of Cisco, has been shipping a new family of iPhone products since early last year and on December 18, Linksys expanded the iPhone family with additional products. Apple's iPhone is not slated to be available until June.

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